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Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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Game Reviewed: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Publisher: Nintendo of America
Developer: Nintendo of America
Reviewer: Justin Matthew
Platform: 3DS
Category: Action/Adventure
ESRB Rating: E10+
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Game Description:

Link is a boy who lives in a little town known as Kokiri Forest. A little fairy sent out from a tree known as the Great Deku Tree, tells Link that evil is spreading throughout the land of Hyrule and only Link has the power to stop it from spreading. In order to save the land of Hyrule, Link battles through masterfully crafted dungeons and temples, solves mind confusing puzzles, and battles fierce enemies! He also befriends many factions and groups to help aid him on his perilous quest while uncovering the many secrets of the Ocarina of Time. He even travels through time itself to stop the evil from spreading throughout Hyrule.

What Parents Need to Know

(Warning: This Review Contains Spoilers to the Story.)

Violence

Link uses many different types of weapons in his arsenal which consist of a sword, bow and arrows, slingshots, a mirror shield, bombs, a boomerang, a hammer and many more! Some enemies show a small amount of blood, but it is nothing more than a little green goo that oozes out of plant enemies. Link can also use magic to damage enemies.

Some cut-scenes depict some action scenes that involve punching and kicking, with comic book grade sound effects.

Language

There is not any bad language in this game.

Sexual Content

A tribe known as the Gerudo are a band of female thieves that wear a belly dancer style type of clothing.

The fairies in this game wear skimpy looking outfits.

Spiritual

This whole game takes place in a magical world. The game revolves around a magical sword that allows Link to travel through time from when he is a kid to the time when he is a young man. The magical Ocarina of Time allows Link to teleport from place to place throughout the game, and even summons his horse and changes the time of day and the condition of the weather.

During your adventure as a kid, Ganondorf (the main villain) only starts to show off his evil potential as the game’s main antagonist. Link begins his adventure inside of The Great Deku Tree. The Great Deku Tree explains to Link that the tree has been cursed by Ganondorf and that only Link can cure him. After Link tries to save The Great Deku Tree, the tree’s energy begins to run out and his dying words tell Link about the adventure he is about to take part in. Link then travels to many other cursed places and attempts to rid them of Ganondorf’s evil. On this epic quest as a kid, Link obtains three magical emblems that will allow him to gain access to the Master Sword.

Once Link gains the three emblems, he enters a room in the Temple of Time and pulls the Master Sword out of the ground. When he does this he enters the Chamber of Sages. Here he meets one of the seven sages that help protect the land of Hyrule from evil. Sadly, the sage explains to Link that when he pulled the Master Sword out of the ground, all the evil magic that was held captive by the sword was released and is now at Ganondorf’s disposal. This then opens up the new adventure that awaits Link, to find the 6 other sages and stop Ganondorf.

As Link sets off on this adventure, he learns songs on his ocarina that allow him to teleport to different locations throughout Hyrule.

One of these locations is known as the Forest Temple. In this temple link has to track down four ghosts called poes. These ghosts use magic to fight Link.

In certain temples like the Fire Temple and Water Temple, Link has to use different tunics in order to breathe underwater or withstand incredible heat.

In order to get inside of the Shadow Temple, Link has to turn back into a kid and travel to the bottom of a well to obtain the Lens of Truth. The lens allows Link to see what the naked eye cannot. When Link gets to the Shadow Temple, the overall appearance of this temple is dark and very demonic. There are skulls placed along the walls and illusory walls are the main test of knowledge in this temple. There is also a very demonic looking boat that you will have to travel on in a part of the temple.

The temple after this is known as the Spirit Temple. I believe that this temple got its name, because of all the spirits that got trapped and brainwashed into enemies that lurk throughout this temple. Also a main character gets devoured by evil magic when Link ventures to this temple as a kid.

Finally at the end of the game when Link has saved all seven of the sages, he must then venture to Ganondorf’s castle where the sages use their magic to aid Link in his fight against the evil that lies in the castle. When Link squares off against Ganondorf, Ganondorf uses magic to try and kill Link. Once Link defeats Ganondorf, Ganondorf’s true nature is revealed as the demon creature known as Ganon and Link must battle him to save Princess Zelda.

Reviewer’s Thoughts

Of all the Zelda games, this one is my favorite. While there is a lot of spiritual content in the game, evil is portrayed as evil and good is portrayed as good. If the spiritual content mentioned in this game does not bother you, then you will most likely find The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time to be a great fantasy adventure the way that I did.



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